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Last Updated: February 8th, 2012

Samsung's original Galaxy S was undoubtedly a great success for the company. One could say it was their first serious smartphone, and its core was widely dispersed around the globe, appearing as the i9000 in Europe and Asia, and - perhaps more familiarly - the AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G, T-Mobile Vibrant, and Verizon Fascinate in the USA. While we have yet to see firm plans for a repeat of this four-pronged attack with the successor to the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II i9100 (aka the Samsung "It's Over 9000!") is already widely available throughout the rest of the world and is making waves while at it. Let's take a look at this shiny new handset.

In the Box

Unboxing smartphones is usually a highly unsurprising experience. With the GS2... well, at least Sammy hasn't strayed from the norm. A compact navy box contains the device on top, along with a microUSB cable, some highly disposable paper items, a charging adaptor, and some isolating earphones. Not wishing to sully the hygienic levels of our review unit, the earphones were left alone in their wrapping. A course of action which, given the sound quality of most packaged earphones, you may wish to emulate. On the upside, at least they will provide some noise reduction, which can't be said for the flimsy buds packaged with most other phones, and the in-line microphone should benefit those who don't already have a headset of their own.

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While the GS2 has support for HDMI video out with an MHL cable, there was not one included. Clearly profit margins are a huge concern on a phone costing upwards of €500, and an extra cable (with a charming profit margin of its own) is too much to ask for. A USB on-the-go adaptor was not included either, but thankfully those can be had for quite reasonable prices online.

Screen

After lifting the GS2 from its cardboard bedding and powering it on, you are immediately captivated by its screen. Given the fairly minimalist design of the handset, the screen's 3:2 4.3" expanse dominates the front in such a way as to make the rest of the device disappear. The screen utilizes Samsung's latest OLED panels, christened Super AMOLED Plus, a nice increment from the already highly titled Super AMOLED of its i9000 forerunner. Thankfully the improvement is not only in title but in performance also. Put frankly, the GS2's screen is stunning. The black levels cause the display to simply melt into the surrounding front fascia, in an even more awesome way than previous OLED panels. The screen makes a mockery of viewing angle testing, and challenges your eyes with contrast that seemingly can't be real. Which is kind of a problem. If you spend a lot of time in front of a standard TFT, like a generic computer monitor, you might find the colors of the GS2's screen a tad bizarre. Putting the phone next to another device without SAMOLED+, there is a very impressive depth to the colors due to the amazing contrast, but it is also quite unnatural. So, if you like consistency in the color of your screens, the GS2 makes it rather hard for devices with other display to keep up - an unexpected negative to this handset's party trick.

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Unlike typical OLED/AMOLED, SAMOLED+ performs quite competently in direct sunlight, and its sterling viewing angles further improve this due to the ability to tilt the phone any which way to deflect glare without degrading colors. However, due to the variations in OLED production, some buyers have been receiving units with subpar screen performance, including tinting at low brightness and strange color casting when tilted. This did not occur on our device, but there would seem to be a few handsets out there with issues out there, as is to be expected.

In terms of resolution, qHD would have been more in-line with the GS2's competitors, but most will be satisfied to absorb the hit in sharpness for the colorful presentation of Super AMOLED Plus. Indeed, given the standard RGB stripe sub-pixel layout used in the SGS2's SAMOLED+, the WVGA resolution of the screen should provide clarity comparable to that of the Motorola Atrix's "Pentile" qHD screen. On the other hand, the SGS2's display was noticeably blockier than the HTC Sensation's SLCD (also employing standard RGB stripe subpixels), and the extra saturation of the SAMOLED+ panel resulted in something of a cartoonish feel to the visual experience, compared to the duller but more natural-looking Sensation.

Top Specs

Although Samsung was quite late to the high-end Android party, the original Galaxy S was a rather impressive phone. Its Samsung-made Hummingbird chipset kept it well ahead of the rest of its generation, and with the GS2, it seems like the same story all over again. Samsung has once again opted for an in-house developed system-on-a-chip, this time the Exynos 4210. Once labeled the Orion, the Exynos incorporates a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU based on ARM's Cortex A9 design, paired with a Mali MSP-400 GPU. The CPU in this case is a synchronous dual-core, such that each core is limited to operating at the same clock frequency as its partner. The GS2 was expected to turn a few heads with its powerful processing core, and that has certainly turned out to be the case. Samsung's decision to back itself has clearly paid off in the benchmarks posted on Android message boards around the 'net.

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The processing unit is not the only place where Samsung's flagship outdoes its competitors. It seems that Samsung has taken every opportunity for a statistical advantage over the rest of the Android elite. 1GB of RAM, 2 megapixel front camera, 10-point multitouch, 1650mAh battery, 116g weight, 16GB internal storage, 8.5mm thickness - these are all clear victories for the Galaxy S II over its most prominent rival, the HTC Sensation, and stack up quite favorably against any other high-end Android device you would care to mention. This list of technical specs, thankfully, translates to a device with supreme performance and smoothness of operation. Gone is the lag that occasionally plagued its predecessor, and in its place is a buttery-smooth experience free of any hiccups in transition or stuttering in scrolling.

One sad note on performance is in the field of audio playback. The original Galaxy S was quite exemplary in this regard, and found itself the subject of some great modification by developers on XDA. Unfortunately, it appears that components of an equal level are not present in the GS2. After personally testing the audio myself by comparing it against a Sansa Fuze (highly regarded in the audio community), I found that the GS2 did not keep up in terms of stereo width and impact. Still, the sound clarity was certainly acceptable, and hiss was low with a variety of earphones and headphones.

Camera

Keeping in line with its excellent core processing unit, the Galaxy S II includes a rather choice pair of image sensors. The front-facing camera employs an unprecedented 2-megapixel sensor that produces commendably clear images and video. With the Galaxy S II shipping with Android 2.3.3, there was no video-calling functionality built-in to Google Talk on the unit, and we hope that the incremental 2.3.4 update will arrive sooner rather than later.

The GS2 also includes an 8-megapixel rear camera, with an impressively powerful LED flash. While this is not as powerful as the Xenon flash found on other more camera-centric phones like the Nokia N8, it produced adequate illumination for most shots and worked well as a flashlight.

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As a point-and-shoot camera, the GS2 works rather nicely. The images it produced were certainly crisp, and after achieving focus, the camera took shots with hardly perceptible shutter lag. A few of the camera's negatives include a tendency for over-saturated colors and boosted contrast, which look particularly unrealistic on the SAMOLED+ screen, and the slightest hint of pink spot syndrome every now and again.

In addition to being a decent stills camera, the GS2 seems a likely candidate for replacing your pocket flash camcorder. Recording at up to 1920 x 1080 at a standard 30fps, the GS2 showed itself to be quite adept in the field of video. Footage is recorded to the generously large 16GB internal storage, which provides a stable and predictable transfer speed. This allowed Samsung to be quite adventurous with their video bitrate - getting close to 20Mbits at times. While the camera software did lack touch-to-focus when recording video, autofocus responded sufficiently quickly to be able to get by most of the time. While filming, audio is recorded in mono with the single microphone on the phone's rear. Though the results are not on the level of a dedicated sound recording device, the microphone was adequate for its purpose, and community mods exist to further its performance.

Shipped Software

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While TouchWiz certainly differs in places from the typical stock Android UI, it is one of the least intrusive custom skins we have come across. In fact, barring the rather gaudy launcher, there is functionality contained within TouchWiz that is quite impressive and which we have seen crop up in community ROMs such as Cyanogen - application-specific lockscreen sliders, power management widgets in the notification area, and several additional applications. Pushing aside the obligatory shovelware, there are a couple of interesting applications provided by Samsung. First up is KiesAir. This application, once activated on your home wireless network, provides you with an HTTP access point to view and utilize various facets of the device, all from the convenience of your desktop browser. This includes viewing photos, playing music, and reading and replying to text messages. While there are suites that provide similar functionality on the Market or on enthusiast sites, it is nice to see Samsung take a hands-on approach in making the interaction between your phone and computer a cohesive one.

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Further to this goal of improving inter-device connectivity, Samsung has also included an application going by the name of AllShare. Filling in a glaring hole in the Android media experience, it provides wireless media support, letting you stream music and videos to and from UPNP servers and compatible DLNA devices. In effect, this can allow you to play music from your phone on your PC's speakers, or to provide your earphones with a link to your desktop's music library by using your phone as a wireless bridge while you wash the dishes.

The other software provided in TouchWiz is mostly superficially different but functionally quite the same as its stock Android counterparts. The Samsung keyboard, for instance, is nigh-on indiscernible from the standard Gingerbread keyboard, save for the positioning of a few buttons. Likewise, the browser is not remarkably different from what you will have seen before, save for one important thing: the Galaxy S II's browser is hardware-accelerated. Coupled with that substantial processing horsepower mentioned earlier, this makes for an impossibly smooth experience in terms of loading and panning pages. Some issues did crop up with text not reflowing as intended when zooming in, but given the generous size of the GS2's screen, it was not an issue that presented itself too frequently. On the subject of the browser, we are happy to report that Flash playback on the GS2 was top-notch, handling 720p content with no problems at all. This is no small feat, considering that 720p Flash is typically one level too far for a lot of netbooks on the market.

Another area where the GS2 performs better than most is its hardware-accelerated video player. This played back our HD content excellently, including several high-bitrate 60 FPS 720p MP4s. Strangely, there was an issue with an MKV file of ours not playing back the sound, but for the most part video support seemed quite solid.

As you can see in the above video, Samsung has added USB host support to their kernel, which allows for some more computer-like functionality such as mounting of USB memory sticks. We also had some success with a USB mouse, which happily displayed and tracked a cursor on screen. Unfortunately, the keyboards we tested were less cooperative, and the PlayStation DualShock 3 was also unresponsive due to its higher-power requirements.

As a Phone

Despite being of diminishing importance, it's worth mentioning that the GS2 worked well as a 1.2GHz dual-core cellular telephony device. The large surface area has clearly made for some fairly capable antennae, as there was no noticeable reduction in signal quality no matter which way we held it (the same goes for WiFi). The earpiece worked as intended and did not explode when used.

Battery

Given the size of the GS2's screen, we weren't expecting brilliant battery life. However, thanks to the power savings afforded by the new SAMOLED+ screen technology, the GS2 lasted for a day of use quite easily. This could partly be put down to the rather conservative auto-brightness settings, but it seems more likely that it can be ascribed to the generous sizing of the GS2's battery. The screen's above-average outdoor legibility also added to the longevity of use due to the lack of a need to crank it up to full when in sunlight.

The battery cover is an almost sticker-like thin sheet of plastic which peels off in a slightly uncomfortable way, but appears to be flexible in a somewhat robust way. According to Samsung, this apparent frailty is a result of NFC only being able to penetrate very thin plastic. Sadly, our UK model did not have NFC at all, so this design choice was made unfortunate by serving as a reminder of what had been omitted.

Hardware Design and Build Quality

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As we intimated in an earlier section, the center-piece of the GS2 is its screen. The display takes up such an enormous amount of the phone's physical real-estate that there really is very little opportunity for further design. That leaves you with a phone that is something like a stylistically simple competitor,  right down to the single physical button centered beneath the screen. The front is coated in protective "Gorilla Glass" and resisted scratches well in the time we had the device. The back does not receive the same treatment, however, and some micro-scratches were apparent on the phone's lower "hump," which was made of glossy plastic. Considering how little time is spent looking at the back of a smartphone (particularly one with a 2MP front facing camera), this is not much of a problem. The battery cover's diagonally gridded texture breaks the plain design of the back and provides some appreciable grip.

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Between these two surfaces, the front and back, is very little at all. Which is another way of saying that the GS2 is extremely thin. Indeed, Samsung lays claim to it being the thinnest smartphone around, a stake which may well have been invalidated by forty other handsets by the time this page finishes loading. But that's not to say the description as "slim" is invalid. This is surely an extremely skinny device, with a depth of 8.49 mm. Yes, Samsung's marketing goes down to the hundredth of a millimeter. But all those hundredths of a millimeter really add up, or rather don't add up, to a device that is so lightweight and wafer-thin that at times you forget it is in your pocket at all. Given the phone's chart-topping performance, this slender body is a truly impressive feat.

Software Updates

One area where Samsung has consistently fallen down is with provision for software updates on their phones. While it is certain that some blame also lays with the convoluted "approval process" imposed by carriers, Samsung has something of a reputation for being particularly negligent in this regard.

In the case of the GS2, any anxiety of such scenarios should be countered by Samsung's stance on the software currently present on the device. According to Samsung, they are fully prepared for Ice Cream Sandwich - in fact, they went as far as to say that this phone was designed towards future versions of Android. They didn't hint too much on what these future versions would bring, but supposedly they will unlock even better performance from the GS2 as well as "split-screen" multitasking. All sounds very promising, but given how tight-lipped Google itself is on this front, we can't read too much in to it.

Of course, there is another way to get software updates on your phone. That is doing it yourself, manually. With a lot of recent phones this approach has become impossible due to various lockdowns on the system software of the device, but mercifully Samsung has left this option open to those in the know. The Galaxy S II's bootloader is unlockable, which means you are free to do as you please with the OS running on there. This has already sparked a great deal of activity in the developer community, and if customizing your phone appeals to you, the GS2 is definitely a strong choice.

Conclusion

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Samsung clearly aimed high with the Galaxy S II. In fact, you could say they aimed for the sta- no, I hate puns. The phone's performance was stell- ah, damn it. Whether you like puns or not, the Galaxy S II is a device that has exceedingly high performance in just about every field, and is quite clearly ahead of its competition in most areas.

On the other hand, there are plenty of ex-Samsung owners out there who have been let down in some way or another with their previous devices, and who will be highly skeptical of buying from the Korean electronics giant a second time without a strong indication that their purchase will be supported and guaranteed for a long time to come. This early in the GS2's life, it is difficult to say exactly how things will pan out in that regard, but on paper it is currently the most attractive Android device out there - and in a market where people seem happy to change their phones upward of once a year, the spectacular specs of the GS2 will be an enormous pull. American availability has yet to be announced, but the overwhelmingly positive reception that the phone has received outside of the US leads us to believe that Samsung must be doing its best to bring it to you sooner rather than later.

It's a phone that is not without issues of its own, but they are easy to forgive thanks to the GS2's continually pleasing and surprising performance.

Review unit generously provided by Clove UK

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • http://dan-webb.co.uk Dan Webb

    I've had the GS2 for nearly 2 months now and the only thing I'm missing after the move from my iPhone 3GS is the music player. The only thing I've found that is almost filling the gap is doubleTwist. But the camera, screen (which burns your retinas first thing in the morning and last thing at night) & general build quality is brilliant.
    At first the handset felt cheap, because it's light in your hand. After two weeks that goes away, then iPhone feels like an old brick (even the new one).

    Regarding the screen maybe Samsung are having a troubles with the SAMOLED+ screen, mine came with a dead green pixel in the middle of the screen which made watching HD movies on it horrible.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Ever try PowerAmp?

    • Mark M.

      Try PowerAmp ...best player on the market!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

      I'm personally a big fan of PlayerPro

      • Honu

        Agreed ..PlayerPro for me too.

  • Aatif Sumar

    I think its unfair to still hold software updates against Samsung. Admittedly, they screwed over Behold II users and messed up Eclair to Froyo on the Galaxy S, but they got Gingerbread out surprisingly fast.
    Do you have a link to Samsung saying the phone is designed for ICS, split notification etc?

    • Guticb

      Current Vibrant owner here. Gingerbread has not been pushed to any of the US carrier-branded Galaxy S phones, and that's a large part of their GS sales.
      Highly disappointed, and I think it's VERY fair to hold that against them.

      • http://nihondroid.blogspot.com Alex

        Perhaps, but this particular phone isn't even out in America. Ask most Europeans and people living in Japan, for example, and they'll tell you that they got their updates in a timely manner. The Galaxy S launched with Gingerbread in Japan.

        US carriers demanded customized versions of the phone, and that's what you get.

        • Coollead

          Don't give people wrong information to support your arguments. It makes you look silly.
          The Galaxy S launched with Froyo in October 2010 (before Gingerbread was released) and received Gingerbread June 6th, 2011.
          http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/support/utilization/software_update/version_up/sc02b/index.html
          Oh, and don't forget that the Galaxy S is also customized for Japan, although only a little. The front facing camera was removed.

        • Alex

          Sorry , I made the heinous error of forgetting to put a 2 somewhere in that comment.

      • D.J.

        I don't know that is Samsung's fault though. The International Galaxy S was updated to Froyo overseas before the U.S. version and was the first non Google phone to be updated to Gingerbread.

        The only common factor here are the U.S. carriers. I don't think it is much of a coincidence that the updates the U.S. phones have gotten are all through Kies (at least the Vibrant and Captivate) instead of OTA. The carriers are the limiting factor here, not Samsung

    • http://androidpolice.com Brian O’Toole

      The comments about ICS were passed at a media launch event, not in an official statement.

  • L boogie

    Without a doubt, this phone represents a tech marvel in the smartphone universe in the present and the future to come. Now there's talk of an upgrade that's heading to the u.s shores as well as the beginning of building the next model of the galaxy s. Hopefully it would be equipped with 4g lte to run on verizon and it would be my next phone or the bionic.... touchwiz or blur be damned

  • Álmos

    "One area where Samsung has consistently fallen down is with provision for software updates on their phones."

    That is simply not true. Samsung was always among the first to update the I9000 to the latest version of Android. The fiasco with the US devices is clearly the fault of the US carriers.

  • ErsMerz

    I think, they are still better than the other manufacturers. I remember my HTC Desire, one of the most sold HTC Devices at all, still not getting gingerbread. When was it released? Like half a year ago.

    Can't say that Samsung is worse, maybe equal. But still, there are way more HTC Devices being left behind than Samsung will ever build.

    I will surely not buy another HTC phone, tell me what you want, samsung does it currently better and the 1000 phones by HTC wont help them in that case

  • ErsMerz

    By the way, that conclusion - sorry - is just crap.

    6 lines about the S2, 10 lines about the S and what people might think about samsung today.

    Concusions should be about the phone. When talking about the Sensation, one also doesnt talk about the Desire!

  • JayMonster

    I can overlook how you glance over SAMOLED's terrible color reproduction, because it seems everybody (except me of course) is so enamored with the contract, that it becomes the only thing that matters.

    "TouchWiz is the least intrusive..."

    • JayMonster

      Damn sensitive screen.

      "TouchWiz is the least intrusive..."

      That is where I just stopped reading and didn't bother to go on, because I no longer trust the rest of the review.

      I know Samsung is a darling of the Android world right now (though I still can't for the life of me understand why), but forgiving TouchWiz (and in all fairness, this has popped up in a couple of places)? Well, that is just astonishing to me.

      • David Ruddock

        If you've used an SGS2, you'd understand why. None of the performance drawbacks are present with TW4 on the SGS2 - it runs smooth as butter in every respect.

        Not liking the look/feel of TouchWiz is something altogether different from not liking the way it impacts performance/usability. Not liking how it looks is, in my opinion a valid, but not huge, concern. Having a problem with the way it performs is far more relevant to forming an opinion of the overlay and device overall - and here, it works just fine.

        I'm not a huge fan of TW's look - but in the same vein, I'm not a big fan of Apple's design decisions on iOS sometimes. But if it works, it works.

        Complaints about things like bloatware, unnecessary / poorly executed 3rd party social syncing (Samsung's proprietary FB/Twitter social feed app) / crappy Music app are things we didn't particularly hear about in this review, but I know they're present - Brian probably didn't even give them much of a second glance.

        TW isn't perfect, but this iteration is better than any overlay, in terms of performance, than any other on the market, period. No, not even Sense on the EVO 3D and Sensation is as smooth (and I know from first-hand experience).

        Sure, TW is a bit fugly and intrusive at times (I totally disagree with Brian that it's the least intrusive - that crown goes to Dell's Stage UI and LG's overlay, whatever it's called), but this is miles ahead of even a new phone like the DROID Charge or Infuse 4G. You can take me for my word on that one.

        • JayMonster

          What you say is fair, and i will take your word on the performance... but ( as you point out) that is different from saying it is the least intrusive overlay... which was my point. Bottom line, it is ugly, intrusive, but fast enough that you care less. That would seem to be closer to fair assessment.

        • Brian O’Toole

          >I totally disagree with Brian that it's the least intrusive - that crown goes to Dell's Stage UI

          TW is more forgivable on the SGS2 than Stage UI was on the Streak 7 I got my hands on, considering one was nice and slick and the other was barely responsive.

        • JayMonster

          Brian, you seem to be confusing the arguements of "least intrusive" and "least offensive."

          I don't think David (and know I) am not saying that the Stage UI was GOOD, but that the way it was implemented (as a series of widgets and not intruding on the OS) makes it the least INTRUSIVE of any "skin"
          Now the Dell performed miserably, there is no doubt about that, and it loading Stage UI may have only made matters worse, making it more OFFENSIVE to the User Experience than TW is on the new device, but that doesn't mean that it was intrusive to the OS.

      • Brian O’Toole

        I can't help you if your preconceptions prevent you from accepting the notion that Samsung might somehow have improved the TouchWiz UI. Having used Sense 3.0 on the Sensation for the whole time of reviewing the Samsung, I can tell you that this latest TW is worlds closer to default Android and is thereby much more appealing.

        In no way am I condoning the additional software layer that Samsung have injected, but it is preferable to several other options out there.

  • Richard Yarrell

    At best I have to laugh all the bandwagon folks all over this Samsung stuff. HTC is and always will be the manufacture that rules the United States why because they equally treat all their customers the same and cater to all of them regardless of where they reside on the map. People need to get over all this hog wash of blaming carriers for the failure of updates ask yourself what responsibility does Samsung have here in the United States??. Regardless there has to be a reason why HTC is more successful with updates than Samsung they both have devices on all 4 carriers so the carriers can't be the only excuse. Let's start with Kies and the endless problems that have existed with that since day one. Matter if fact look at the current Nexus S4g on sprint It's so bad that they have to come up with a new 2.3.5 update just because of the poor design of Samsung products ie reception, GPS issues, people who owned the captivate as well as the epic 4G know exactly what I am speaking of. Bottomline Samsung Galaxy S2 is a nice device I applaud their forray into the dualcore arena but HTC they are not and they definitely will never top the EVO 3D. HTC has placed android on the map as well as windows mobile Samsung has much to prove in the real world. Meanwhile as a daily driver I place my EVO 3D against any Galaxy S2 anytime day to day use EVO runs rings around the Galaxy S2. Htc owned device will forever be supported by HTC far more than any Samsung made smartphone your just fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Samsung customers their true fan base abroad is treated far better and given better products than customers here in the states. EVO 3D RULES HERE IN THE STATES JUST LIKE HTC...

    • Mister Yoso

      "Samsung has much to prove in the real world"

      uhmm give me another phone manufacturer that make its phone from parts made mostly by them... probably your HTC has some Samsung parts inside it too. Phone processor (SGS-Hummingbird, SGS2-Exynos), SAMOLED Displays, NAND flash, SD Card, Memory, Phone camera Lens, etc.. you name it Samsung makes it, so where do they need to prove themselves in?? or are you one of those that got sucked up in HTC's lame marketing ploy, "hey look at us we unlock bootloaders! because we listen!"

      • JayMonster

        I don't think it is a question of making quality parts... no doubt Samsung can fabricate quite a few good products.

        It is their consumer facing products that leave a lot to be desired, and as RY correctly (I think) points out.

        Samsung has a history of releasing a lot of phones, and then leaving the users high and dry, it is in this regard that Samsung has to restore some credibility in the market.

      • Honu

        It's not because Michelin is making good tires (i do not use them.. :-) ) that they would create a good car .. !

      • Tinto

        I agree .. HTC lost me with that crap.. they rushed the EVO 3D out just to beat LG. I purchased it and returned it 9 day's later. I'm back on my OG EVO waiting for SGS2 release and never going back. HTC and Sprint tried to lock me into a longer contract and the 3D buy spacing the dates out. Also HTC lied.. how can they release two updates on the day of launch and say "we will unlock in early August" WTF.. they can keep that Shizzal.. we all know init quality, speed, support, and all too important EYE candy is what sells. AND SAMSUNG HAS IT BABY!!!!

  • The engineer

    Nothing about the AndroidOS process bug eating up the battery?

    • Brian O’Toole

      Can't say it affected me.

  • http://gadgetswave.com aashish

    cool model from samsung

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    I LOVE SAMSUNG GALAXY S2

  • http:/www.pocketcamcorderreviews.net Al

    Love my Galaxy S, but I just bought it so I won't be upgrading anytime soon. Nice to see a flash on the camera, and the video looks great.

  • Shane

    I got the S2 on release date here in Canada. Im from the UK originally and did debate getting one shipped over from there but decided to wait as it was coming out end of July and would be easier to sort out if there were any warranty issues.
    Wow is it an awesome phone.
    I had a Sony X10 before this and that phone werent bad when it actually worked. It broke many times needing to go back to the repair centre. Issues with the charging port! Sent it back 3 times!
    To get the S2 I even changed phone providers as Rogers was getting the lower spec model of the GS2 only.

    Only issue i have with this phone is what the engineer said about battery life and some heating issues. These have been fixed in 2.3.4 though apparently.
    If i play any games they max out the CPU and the thing gets like a hot potato! :)

  • Monteash

    I agree with shane & the doctor, I am a new android convert, been with nokia all my mobile life (16 years now) and don't laugh at me :) I live in egypt & got my SG2 last May, as soon as I could get it from the U.K, of course our local samsung dealer never heard of the SG2, I have 2 major ptoblems, first is the battery &
    heat issue, second, sometimes

  • monteash

    Second problem with my SG2 is that sometimes the hpone sleeps & does'nt wake up till I shut it down & power it up again, it is somewhat frustrating, does anybody know why this happens about twice a day? I sometimes attribute it to the live wallpaper I am running but it happens with all, even the preinstalled

    ed ones!!! Help... How can I get my unlocked SG2

  • Monteash

    About the sleep issue, deas anybody have a clue as to why & how to fix it? Also, how to update my android to ver. 2.3.4 since it fixes amny of the phone's issues? Otherwise, this phone is the absolute best, forget about the sensation, I tried & it blows, this is the best 600 £ I ever spent regardless of any issues , wow SG2, you guys in the states will love when you get it :)

  • Monteash

    About the sleep issue, deas anybody have a clue as to why & how to fix it? Also, how to update my android to ver. 2.3.4 since it fixes amny of the phone's issues? Otherwise, this phone is the absolute best, forget about the sensation, I tried & it sucks this is the best 600 £ I ever spent regardless of any issues , wow SG2, you guys in the states will love when you get it :)

  • Monteash

    About the sleep issue, deas anybody have a clue as to why & how to fix it? Also, how to update my android to ver. 2.3.4 since it fixes many of the phone's issues? Otherwise, this phone is the absolute best, forget about the sensation, I tried & it sucks this is the best 600 £ I ever spent regardless of any issues , wow SG2, you guys in the states will love when you get it :)

  • Monteash

    About the sleep issue, does anybody have a clue as to why & how to fix it? Also, how to update my android to ver. 2.3.4 since it fixes many of the phone's issues? Otherwise, this phone is the absolute best, forget about the sensation, I tried & it sucks this is the best 600 £ I ever spent regardless of any issues , wow SG2, you guys in the states will love when you get it :)

  • Monteash

    About the sleep issue, does anybody have a clue as to why & how to fix it? Also, how to update my android to ver. 2.3.4 since it fixes many of the phone's issues? Otherwise, this phone is the absolute best, forget about the sensation, I tried & it sucks this is the best 600 £ I ever spent regardless of any issues , wow , guys in the states will love when you get it :)

  • Monteash

    Sorry guys for the repeat comments, first time on this amazing site & it kept giving me failure to publish messages, can anybody help with my issues? Peace

  • King of Beige

    Admit it guys, it looks just like an iPhone doesn't it, in so many ways too. This article clearly illustrates them. Good job.

    Samsung slavishly copies the iPhone," the lawsuit has merit.

  • Nelson

    utilize != use

    "Antennae" is the plural of the insect appendage antenna. The correct plural of a radio antenna is "antennas".

    -Grammar Police

    • Brian

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  • Hal Motley

    I still can't believe it took THAT long for the U.S.A. to get this handset.

    Here in the U.K. we have had it for months!

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